Weirdness

The Equator

We featured the Greenwich meridian two years ago on Google Sightseeing, so it’s about time we had a closer look at the other global zero: the equator. Although it is more than 40,000km long, there are surprisingly few towns along…

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Thursday, 5th November 2009

The Nonexistent Town of Argleton

Nestled in the Lancashire countryside, just to the south of Ormskirk, is the small town of Argleton. Or so Google would have us believe. Zooming in closer reveals that Argleton isn’t exactly a bustling metropolis. In fact it looks suspiciously…

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Tuesday, 3rd November 2009

The World’s Most Haunted Sites

Want to see a ghost? Not scared of the dark? We’ve got a list of 5 of the most haunted destinations in the world for you to visit1. Bring a flashlight and let’s get started… Many places can claim to…

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Friday, 30th October 2009

The World’s Biggest Shopping Basket

Motorists taking State Route 16 through Licking County, Ohio, could be forgiven for thinking they’ve been at the wheel too long when they spot a giant shopping basket looming over the horizon. This is no highway-induced hallucination however: it’s the…

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Friday, 23rd October 2009

Ashgabat Monuments

The city of Ashgabat – capital of Turkmenistan – is dominated by monuments to one man’s megalomania – former President-for-Life Saparmurat Niyazov. Take, for example, the 75m tall Arch of Neutrality, which he subtly topped with a 12m gold-plated statue…

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Thursday, 27th August 2009

Chinese military weirdness

There aren’t many sights that puzzle us here at Google Sightseeing, but this one has us stumped. In a remote desert area of Gansu province in northern China is this mysterious maze-like pattern. The “streets” are about 20 metres wide,…

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Tuesday, 18th August 2009

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

World’s Largest Graffiti? Not even close.

Doing the rounds on the mainstream sites this week has been the story of Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan…

The Street Art of Newtown, Sydney

Newtown is an inner suburb of Sydney, New South Wales and is one of that city’s major cultural and artistic centres. The suburb is renowned for its graffiti and street art, and since the 1980s all sorts of murals, drawings and paintings, both legal and illegal, have been popping up all over the neighbourhood.

South Sudan

It’s not every day that a new country is created, but that’s what happened on July 9th 2011 when The…

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